[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 35 (Tuesday, February 23, 2016)]
[Pages 8896-8898]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03762]



Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2016-0005]

National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
that the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection 
(NACMPI) is sponsoring a public meeting on March 29-30, 2016. The 
objective of the public meeting is to review and determine the steps 
FSIS should take to ensure better Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) control 
at retail. FSIS is seeking input on whether FSIS should require certain 
actions by retail stores. FSIS will ask the Committee to consider the 
following: (1) Should FSIS rely on regulation, the Food Code, or some 
other means to effect these actions? (2) Are there sources of 
information that FSIS should consider when deciding on what steps to 
take that the Agency has not identified?

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    NACMPI will also review and discuss whether FSIS should pursue 
mandatory features on the label of processed not ready to eat (NRTE) 
products that do not appear to be ``not ready to eat.'' For example: 
(1) Should all NRTE products be required to bear the statement ``raw 
meat/poultry, for safety cook thoroughly''? (2) Are there other steps 
FSIS should consider requiring of processors to prevent illnesses 
involving these products?

DATES: The meeting is scheduled for March 29-30, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-
5:00 p.m. eastern standard time. NACMPI will meet from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 
a.m. eastern standard time on March 29, 2016, for administrative 
purposes. This portion of the meeting is not open to the public.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place in the Auditorium at the Patriot 
Plaza III building, 355 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. The 
auditorium is located on the first floor. Due to increased security 
measures at the Patriot Plaza III, all persons wishing to attend are 
strongly encouraged to pre-register in advance.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Natasha Williams, Program Specialist, 
Designated Federal Officer, Outreach and Partnership Division, Office 
of Outreach, Employee Education and Training, FSIS, Patriot Plaza III 
Building, 355 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20024; Telephone: (202) 690-
6531; Fax: (202) 690-6519; Email: [email protected], 
regarding specific questions about the committee or this meeting. 
General information about the committee can also be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/advisory-committees/nacmpi.



    NACMPI provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of 
Agriculture on meat and poultry inspection programs, pursuant to 
sections 7(c), 24, 301(a)(3), and 301(c) of the Federal Meat Inspection 
Act, 21 U.S.C. 607(c), 624, 645, 661(a)(3), and 661(c), and to sections 
5(a)(3), 5(c), 8(b), and 11(e) of the Poultry Products Inspection Act, 
21 U.S.C. 454(a)(3), 454(c), 457(b), and 460(e). The current charter 
and other information about NACMPI can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/advisory-committees/nacmpi.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Deputy Under Secretary for 
Food Safety, Al Almanza is the chairperson of NACMPI. Membership of 
NACMPI is drawn from distinguished representatives of consumer groups; 
producers; processors; and marketers from the meat, poultry and egg 
product industries; State and local government officials; and academia. 
The current members of NACMPI are: Dr. Michael Crupain, The Dr. Oz 
Show; Mr. George Wilson, Wilson and Associates; Dr. Tanya Roberts, 
Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention; Mr. Kurt Brandt, 
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; Dr. Dustin 
Oedekoven, South Dakota Animal Industry Board; Dr. Krzysztof Mazurczak, 
Illinois Department of Agriculture; Dr. Manpreet Singh, Purdue 
University; Dr. Randall K. Phebus, Kansas State University; Dr. 
Patricia Curtis, Auburn University; Mr. Brian Sapp, White Oak Pastures, 
Inc.; Ms. Sherri Jenkins, JBS[supreg], USA, LLC; Dr. Betsy Booren, 
North American Meat Institute; Dr. Alice Johnson, Butterball, LLC; Ms. 
Sherika Harvey, Mississippi Department of Agriculture; Dr. Carol L. 
Lorenzen, University of Missouri; Dr. Michael L. Rybolt, Tyson Foods, 
Inc.; and Dr. John A. Marcy, University of Arkansas.
    On March 29-30, 2016, NACMPI will review and discuss steps FSIS 
should take to ensure better Lm controls at retail, and whether FSIS 
should pursue mandatory features on the label of processed not ready to 
eat (NRTE) products that do not appear ``not ready to eat.''
    The two issues described above will be presented to the full 
Committee. The Committee will then divide into two subcommittees to 
discuss the issues. Each subcommittee will provide a report of their 
comments and recommendations to the full Committee before the meeting 
concludes on Tuesday, March 30, 2016.
    Register: Attendees are asked to pre-register for the meeting. Your 
pre-registration is to include the name of each person in your group; 
organization or interest represented; the number of people planning to 
give oral comments, if any; and whether anyone in your group requires 
special accommodations. Attendees should bring photo identification and 
plan for adequate time to pass through security screening systems. 
Attendees may submit their registrations to: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/advisory-committees/nacmpi/nacmpi-meetings/nacmpi-registration. FSIS will also accept walk-in 
registrations. Members of the public requesting to give oral comment to 
the Committee are to sign in at the registration desk.
    Public Comments: Written public comments may be mailed to USDA/
FSIS, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mail Stop 3778, Washington, DC 
20250; submitted via fax (202) 690-6519; or by Email at: 
[email protected].
    All written comments are to arrive by March 24, 2016.
    Oral comments are also accepted (see instructions under ``Register 
for the Meeting'' above).
    Availability of Materials for the Meeting: All written public 
comments will be compiled into a binder and available for review at the 
meeting. Duplicate comments from multiple individuals will appear as 
one comment, with a notation that multiple copies of the comment were 
received. For additional information about the agenda or reports 
resulting from this meeting please visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/advisory-committees/nacmpi/nacmpi-meetings.
    Meeting Accommodations: USDA is committed to ensuring that all 
interested persons are included in our events. If you are a person with 
a disability and would like to request reasonable accommodations to 
participate in this meeting, please contact Natasha Williams via 
Telephone: (202) 690-6531; Fax (202) 690-6519; or Email: 
[email protected]. All reasonable accommodation requests 
are managed on a case by case basis.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: 
    FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through 
the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information 
regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register 
notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that 
could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through the 
Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more 
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export 
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or 

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    Done at Washington, DC on: February 18, 2016.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2016-03762 Filed 2-22-16; 8:45 am]